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Luxury Farm Stay on 60 Acres – Dog-Friendly, Views, Pond, Hot Tub & More!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type guest house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Private guest house, 2 bedrooms plus loft (sleeps up to 6), 1.5 bathrooms

Escape to the beautiful Sierra foothills and our private 60-acre ranch in the Gold Country. Bring your dogs and horses, or enjoy playing with ours. Meet our llamas and experience their tickle-soft mouths while feeding them treats. Take a llama for a walk for unique photos from one of the scenic view spots on the ranch. Enjoy farm-fresh eggs after collecting them from the coop or just have a laugh while watching the chickens play. Extensive fencing keeps dogs safely separated.

Ranch life doesn’t have to be rustic as you’ll see in our 5-star guest house with spectacular sunset views, hot tub, and luxury amenities! We host only one group at a time with up to 6 people, so you have as much privacy as you want in this relaxing rural paradise. Come enjoy the beautiful setting, with the option to join our daily barn visits to interact with the animals during your country getaway.

There are many other fun things to do on our ranch from private hiking trails, swimming pond, game room, horse shoe pit, and basketball court. Our location offers the best of both worlds with the rural privacy to re-connect with nature PLUS the conveniences of being only a few miles from small country towns (Pine Grove, Jackson and Sutter Creek) for groceries, restaurants, and more.

See "photos" for house video tour -- we have an aerial video, more photos, options and info along with FAQ’s on our DogPony website. If this sounds like the peaceful getaway you need, please contact us to make your reservation at the Dog & Pony Ranch!

More Details

Cyndi Harrell
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About Cyndi Harrell

As you probably guessed, we (Cyndi & Troy Harrell) are animal lovers and get frustrated by not having nice places we can bring our fur children. Our Dog & Pony Ranch has been an ideal solution for vacationing with our dogs and horses which is close enough to the Bay Area so we can getaway frequently. We are active in animal rescue (and also pet-therapy visits to senior centers) and have brought many of our foster dogs here who have found healing from their pasts while running off-leash and learning to become well-behaved family members. Cyndi manages the property and will respond quickly to all inquiries!

Cyndi Harrell purchased this guest house in 1998

Why Cyndi Harrell chose Pine Grove

We are also avid skiers and outdoor enthusiasts who fell in love with the Jackson area during years of stopping here after skiing at Kirkwood on our way back to the Bay Area (an easy weekend 3 hr drive away from Jackson). After reading the local property pages many times at Mel & Faye’s Diner, we bought this 60-acre property in 1998 as raw land and have greatly enjoyed the many year journey of developing it into our Dog & Pony Ranch. It’s in a great location with large private acreage that is still close to the conveniences of town, close to skiing and many activities, with very usable land including a perfect hilltop house site with stunning sunset views. There have been so many interesting and sometimes frustrating lessons about rural living while adding well, septic, road, power, phone, fencing, pond and recreation features, horse facilities and finally our dream home.

What makes this guest house unique

We love entertaining friends and family at our Dog & Pony Ranch where we put our best foot/paw/hoof forward to welcome the many people (and their pets!) visiting over the years, first camping and later in our luxury home which we opened to the public for vacation rentals starting in 2013. Many guests have commented on the peaceful quiet and restorative feeling of our country getaway, which we have found very beneficial for stress relief from our high-tech careers. Please come back and visit regularly to see how we continue to improve this special place!

Guestbook comments from the owner

(Guest's review posted on Airbnb)

Okay, I've stayed in some really awesome Airbnb's. I mean really awesome - one was perched on a cliff over looking waves crashing in a the shore below, another was nestled in the mountains of Big Sur providing a hardly believable panoramic view of the mountains. But this place is the absolute best Airbnb we have ever experienced. I mean from hot tubs, to beautifully manicured front and back, to basketball courts, ping-pong tables, to an incredible master bedroom, to two great and fully (and I mean fully) stocked kitchen with a trash compactor, to remarkable mountain views from all around the house and add to all this the house was impeccably clean, and so new the beautiful wood exterior had sap oozing from the pillars. All the appliances were brand new and top of the line and on and on and on to every last conceivable detail. All this the house, the property and the hosts, we can summarize in a single descriptive word: Spectacular! And as you would expect for anything this awesome, we only wish we could have extended our stay for a week. But alas, it was booked! If you have a choice, grab this place, it will not disappoint.
Aug 2015
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Pine Grove Guest House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • guest house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Double sinks, double shower, jetted deep soaking tub
    Guest Half Bath - toilet
  • Shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, toilet paper, hair dryer provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , Large romantic room
    Guest bedroom - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen sized sleeper sofa (top quality mattress)
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double-sized futon in loft
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Private hiking trails on fenced 60 acres plus secure backyard fence (both fences pictured on Horseshoe pit and basketball court (college lined and regulation-height baskets).


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average rating of 4.977778 based on 46 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Cyndi and Troy at Dog & Pony Ranch are the perfect hosts. We (two humans, two dogs) spent the weekend lazing about the ranch, cooking delicious meals, playing with the animals, and generally enjoying the time away from our normal lives.

The accommodations are well-appointed: the bed is comfortable, towels are soft, and the kitchen has all the tools you could need. Cyndi fielded all of our questions about the kitchen and was super helpful before we arrived (we planned to do a lot of cooking while we were there) and we were at want of nothing during our stay.

We also spent a good amount of time with our hosts: exploring the property, feeding the animals, and riding their horses, Buddy and Amigo. If you've never had a chance to interact with or ride a privately-owned, well-loved and cared for horse, these two are a wonderful first experience.

Cyndi also managed to document all of the animal encounters such that we were able to enjoy the animals and not concern ourselves with pictures. The candid photos we have from her camera were a delightful and wholly unexpected perk.

We greatly enjoyed our time at Dog & Pony and look forward to returning at some point in the future.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It’s no wonder that we enjoy hosting so much with such wonderful guests!
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Wonderful stay at the Ranch

  • 5 of 5

The property far exceeded our expections, it is truly stunning. Troy and Cyndi are wonderful hosts, nothing was too much trouble. We loved meeting the animals, walking the lamas and riding the horses. Hopefully we will have the opportunity to go back there very soon.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were honored to be your home away from the UK! Most international travelers go to the big cities and miss out on the beauty of country living, so glad you got to experience our special place.
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We loved the Dog and Pony Ranch!

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend the Dog and Pony Ranch. We had such a good time. The house is beautiful, the surroundings gorgeous and Cyndi and Troy, the hosts, are the best! They were so helpful and we enjoyed their company so much we now have new friends in California. A perfect vacation!!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ditto! We greatly enjoyed your visit and gaining some Texas friends 😉
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a little bit of wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

This was an experience we will never forget. The opportunity to enjoy the beautiful surroundings with our big dogs was a joy for all four of us......we can't wait to get back.

From walking the llamas to playing with the Decker cows......watching our little girl dog fall madly in love with the horses and eating those magnificent fresh eggs for breakfast......

it was all food for the soul.....

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What great memories -- thanks for sharing them!
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doggie paradise, for real!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about our long weekend stay was wonderful. Our dog loved the dog door, pond, horses, and most of all resident Lab, Cody. We loved the space, the trails, views and sunsets, fresh eggs, and most of all owners Cyndi and Troy Harrell. Can't say enough good things about the Dog and Pony Ranch!

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Gretchen! And we loved having you visit!
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Most Wonderful Place for a Family Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

What a weekend! We spent a 3 nights with Cyndi and Troy and their beautiful family of horses, chickens, dogs, llamas, cows, and even a cat! We brought our twin 5 year old daughters and our 16 year old daughter, and they had the most wonderful experience they could have ever imagined! In fact, when we left, the twins asked to come back for their birthday. We always go to Disneyland for their birthdays, so we asked if they would rather come back here or go to Disneyland this year and the vote was unanimous ... come back to the Dog and Pony Farm! We weren't surprised though because we all felt this way!

Cyndi and Troy were very kind and loving to our girls and took the time to show the girls how to care for animals and thought of such creative ways to keep everyone engaged (despite the large age difference in our girls ages). They even welcomed our twins into their home as the girls chased Cody and Hannah through the doggy doors. It felt like we were spending the weekend visiting family!

The property is beautiful and even these stunning photos don't do it justice. The views are incredible and the sunsets are like no other. Cyndi took us on a hike around the property, which someone could spend the entire day exploring - and ensured she made every experience for the girls a fun and learning opportunity. The animals are all kind and loving and loved having us around. They were very gentle with the girls. We do not have animals of our own, but by the end of the weekend, it felt like we had a whole farm that belong to us, as Cyndi, Troy and their wonderful family of animals were so welcoming.

We loved our stay at the Dog and Pony Farm and will definitely be making a return visit!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so fun hosting your wonderful family who clearly loves animals like we do. Thank you so much for your heartfelt review to let other guests know about the unique experience to be found at our magical ranch. We’re really looking forward to your next visit and I’m already thinking of special ideas for the twins’ birthday party!
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Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Gallaghers Pub (sports bar with pool)
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Mace Meadows in Pioneer (+ 2 others nearby)
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 88
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Giannini's Italian in Pine Grove
Nearest Ski
50 Miles

When you’re ready to venture off this wonderful 60-acre property, there is even more to do within a 15-60 minute drive including uncrowded Amador County wineries, winter skiing at Kirkwood, casino and shows at Jackson Rancheria, cave exploration, golf courses, many nearby lakes and rivers, antique shopping, gold and historical sites, and much more. For a list of local activities with highlights of those that are dog-friendly, check out our website or the information folder in our vacation home.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $140
Refundable damage deposit $300

Lodging reservations taken up to 12 months in advance. Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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